Lateral Thinking puzzles are sort of hybrid between puzzles and stories. In each puzzle, clues/hints to a specific scenario are given. Puzzle solver needs to fill in the details to complete the scenario. These puzzles are usually inexact and may have more than one possible answer. This category of puzzles teaches a candidate to check his/her assumptions about any situation. A man lives on the tenth floor of a building. Every day he takes the elevator to go down to the ground floor to go to work. When he returns, he takes the elevator to the sixth floor and walks up the stairs to reach his apartment on the tenth floor. When there are other people in the lift, he goes to tenth floor directly. He hates walking, so why does he walk from sixth floor to tenth floor every day? Six people each take one of the eggs. How could it be that one egg is left in the basket? The last person took the basket with the last egg still inside. There is a flash of light and a man dies. Man is struck by lightning. A hunter aimed his gun carefully and fired. Seconds later, he realized his mistake. And Minutes later, he was dead. It was winter timeframe, and the hunter fired the gun near snowy cliff that started an avalanche. An avid bird watcher sees an unexpected bird. Soon, they were both dead. Avid bird watcher is sitting in an aeroplane and sees the bird getting stuck into the engine of aeroplane, leading to a plane crash. How could a baby fall out of a 27 story building on the ground and live? The baby fell out of a ground floor window even though the building has 27 floors. Non Technical and Behavioral Questions Behavioral interview forms a key part of hiring process. It’s very important to do well in this section. Having strong technical skills alone won’t suffice as you are usually expected to work as part of a team. Behavioral skills form an important part of work culture of any company and hence this section is usually taken very seriously by recruiters. Performing great in this section with poor technical skills may not fetch candidate a job, but performing bad in this section can definitely cost candidate a job. Answer to questions in this section would be individual specific. There are no right or wrong answers for these questions. Since answers would be different for different individuals, it’s not possible for us to provide answers for these questions. However, Best answers to these questions would be the ones that reflect your actual thought process and are truthful. Being open about your aspirations, strengths and weakness always help. Try avoiding tailor made answers and be honest. Tell me something about yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why do you want to work for this job you are being interviewed for? What are your short term and long term career goals? Why should we hire you? What kind of work would you want to do if you join us? How would your present Manager/ Boss describe you? How do you deal with difficult personalities/peers/ subordinates /seniors? What’s your favorite programming language? Give an example of a time you faced a conflict while working in a team. How did you handle it? We all make mistakes we wish we could take back.